After the opportunity to rest, we walk up to the city’s iconic mountain peak, Monserrate. Visit an artisanal market, explore the stunning religious sanctuary and take in the sheer expanse of Colombia’s capital from its finest viewpoint.
Many locals claim Villa de Leyva to be Colombia’s most beautiful colonial town – quite a feat considering the competition. Enjoy gorgeous landscapes on a transfer before arriving at the town’s huge cobbled-stone square surrounded by white-washed buildings. There's free time to explore its charming streets and stunning architecture that has gone untouched for over 400 years.
Hike to Iguaque santuario de fauna y flora. After a 30-minute transfer, walk to an emerald lagoon lying 3,800 meters above sea level. Legend goes that this lagoon is the sacred cradle of humankind. Learn how a Muisca woman rose from the water with her baby whom she would later marry and populate the planet. Discover a páramo, an elevated ecosystem, only found in the Andes. Biologist guides explain its remarkable vegetation, including 400 species of trees, surrounding fresh, verdant trails.
Walking Time: 6-7 hours
Transfer to Mongui – one of Colombia’s beautifully preserved historical towns. Set off on a 3-hour walk to Laguna Negra (the black lagoon). This bewitching lake sits between two mountains and once the wispy clouds clear, a perfect reflection of the blue sky covers the surface.
Walking Time: 3-4 hours
While these regions of Colombia teem with unique elevated ecosystems known as páramos, the sacred landscapes at Ocetá Páramo draw accolades for its richness of flora and fauna. Hike past waterfalls, mist-shrouded creeks and a natural rock formation as intriguing as the Muisca stories. Watch out for white-tailed deer, mountain pacas, eagles and Andean condors.
Time: 6 hours
Transfer to Chingaza National Park. Dine on some fine home-cooked cuisine alongside Kagumu and Sawa-supported locals whose tireless work helps preserve the park and its vital páramos. Those who have the energy can take a short walk and refine photography skills with a pro. Mateo gives expert tips on taking landscape and wildlife pictures.
Clients put their new photography skills to good use as we hike Parque Nacional Chingaza, discovering secluded lagoons, almost 400 species of plants and 2,000 species of flora. Keep your eye out for speckled bears, condors, eagles, white-tailed deer, over a 180 species of birds and, with any luck, pumas.
Walking Time: 5 hours
Transfer to Pereira. Few landscapes paint such an amazing image of Colombia like Zona Cafetera (coffee zone). The 30-minute flight offers a bird’s eye view of endless rows of coffee plantations sewn onto sage and olive green mountainsides.
Ever wondered how the world's finest Arabica coffee beans are made? This is your chance to find out. Transfer in a colorful Willys jeep before arriving at an organic coffee farm. Become a coffee picker and enhance your palate with a dynamic tasting session.
Begin a 3-day hike into one of Colombia’s crown jewels - Los Nevados National Park. Discover snow-dipped peaks, distant volcanoes, cloud forests, elevated lagoons, páramos, and an abundance of remarkable animal species.
Walking Time: 9 hours without a horse ride, 6 hours without.
Hike to one of the highest peaks in the national park. After the whole group reaches a high-altitude lagoon, some hikers like to continue to a glacier-looking peak called Paramillo del Quindio. While both walks offer different ecosystems bursting with unique vegetation such as the alien-like frailejones, the 4,750m ascent is an opportunity to enjoy one of the finest views of the trip.
Altitude: Paramillo del Quindio - 4,750m. Lagoon - 3,980m
Walking Time: 10 hours. 4-5 hours to mid-way point and back.
Descend an alternative route to the Cocora Valley and enter a different ecosystem. Walk through cloud forests and catch a different, no less, spectacular look at the olive and lime-green valley dotted with wax palms puncturing the clouds above.
Walking Time: 6 hours
Transfer to Bogotá. After learning about the myths of the Muisca, a civilisation who populated these Andean lands centuries ago, witness the riches they accumulated with a gold museum visit.
Departure day. Depending on flights there is an optional trip to one of Colombia’s most enchanting sites: La Catedral de Sal.
- Overnight stays in boutique hotels and mountain lodges.
- Internal Flights
- Private and public transport
- All meals (we've chosen varied dishes to give a real taste of Colombia)
- Local biologist guides
- Kagumu host
Note: most rooms are shared with ensuite but private rooms are available on request and at an extra cost.
Our Commitment to Social and Environmental Sustainability
Kagumu realizes that parts of your trip is going to adversely affect the environment (we are flying after all). With this in mind, we allow you to offset these impacts in other ways: You use local services for whom tourism means essential income. You support farmers whose lives are dedicated to protecting páramos. We give you the chance to offset your footprint with a responsible diet and empower you to become sustainable travelers in the future.